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Lebanon: Toll in Beirut explosion increases to 190

Aug. 30, 2020, 4:18 p.m.

Beirut: The Lebanese cabinet announced on Sunday that the death toll from the two explosions that hit the Port of Beirut on August 4 has increased to 190.

The cabinet added that the number of injured people were over 6,500, while three persons were still unaccounted for, reports Xinhua news agency.

The explosions left 300,000 people homeless while causing damage valued at $15 billion.

Primary information had revealed that ammonium nitrate stored since 2014 at the port’s warehouse No. 12 may have caused the explosions.

The incident has prompted foreign countries to send support for Lebanon.

After the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon Prime Minister Hasan Diab announced the resignation of his government earlier this month.

The government was facing public outrage following the blast and some groups also demanded that the ministers should step down. PM Diab announced the resignation of his entire cabinet on live television while addressing to the nation.

The highly explosive material was at the warehouse of the Beirut port for the past seven years as being the “result of endemic corruption” by the government.

“Today, we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change,” Diab was quoted as saying by Reuters. 

“In the face of this reality. I am announcing today the resignation of this government,” he added.

Diab accepted and backed the calls of ordinary Lebanese who think the government was responsible for all these and were demanding a fair trial.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun accepted the resignation of the entire government and asked them to remain in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is chosen.

The deadly port warehouse explosion of more than 2,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left more than 6,000 people injured and killed 163 people. It also destroyed a swathe of the Mediterranean city. The Diab’s cabinet was formed in January 2020 with the backing of the powerful Hezbollah group and its allies.

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